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French Lawmakers Approve Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Posted: 02/12/2013 - Same-sex marriage in France came one step closer to legality Tuesday, as lawmakers in the lower house of parliament approved a controversial bill that would extend the right to marry and adopt to same-sex couples.

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North Korea: Nuke Test Just A "First Response" Aimed At U.S.

Updated: 02/14/2013 - North Korea said the atomic test it conducted Tuesday in the remote, snowy northeast was merely its "first response" taken with "maximum restraint," in response to what it called U.S. threats, and said it will continue with unspecified "second and third measures of greater intensity" if Washington maintains its hostility.

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Pope's Surprising Resignation Leaves Church Scrambling

Posted: 02/11/2013 - The move allows for a fast-track conclave to elect a new pope, since the traditional nine days of mourning that would follow a pope's death doesn't have to be observed. It also gives Benedict great sway over the choice of his successor.

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Sperm Smuggling Alleged At Terror Prison

Posted: 02/11/2013 - Dalal Al-Ziben says she got pregnant by her husband because he managed to have his sperm smuggled out of a high security prison.

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Official Resigns After Stampede At Indian Rail Station Kills 36

Posted: 02/11/2013 - A local Indian official resigned Monday after a chaotic crush at a railroad station a day earlier left 36 people dead among tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims flocking to the banks of the Ganges River for the world's largest religious gathering.

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Pope To Resign February 28th

Updated: 02/11/2013 - UK news source, The Telegraph, reports Monday that a spokesman says Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of the month.

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Saudi Islamist Preacher On Trial In Daughter's Slaying

Posted: 02/07/2013 - Outrage is mounting in Saudi Arabia about the case of a 5-year-old girl who died after allegedly being beaten and tortured by her father, who activists say is an Islamist preacher.

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5 Dead After Powerful Quake Strikes In South Pacific

Posted: 02/06/2013 - An 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Wednesday, triggering a tsunami that killed five people but didn't threaten the wider region.

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Rajoy Storm Blasts Spanish Bonds

Posted: 02/05/2013 - Spanish and Italian bond and stock markets tumbled on Monday, bringing a months-long rally to an abrupt halt as investors pulled back amid a political storm in Madrid and as Silvio Berlusconi staged an electoral fightback in Italy.

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Tears, Prayers As Late Cambodian King Cremated

Posted: 02/05/2013 - The ear-splitting crack of 101 rounds of artillery will mark the final moment before late Cambodian King-Father Norodom Sihanouk is cremated Monday in a specially built crematorium outside the Royal Palace.

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Yum Profits Eaten Into By China Concerns

Posted: 02/05/2013 - Yum Brands, owner of the KFC fast-food chain, forecast a drop in 2013 earnings as a result of the fallout from food safety concerns surrounding its Chinese business, sending shares tumbling about 6 per cent in after-market trading.

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Children Not Told, Their Mother Was Slain in Turkey

Posted: 02/04/2013 - The body of Sarai Sierra was found in Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday. The Staten Island, New York, woman went missing in Turkey some 10 days earlier. Her husband and brother traveled to Istanbul to assist in the search.

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Suicide Bomber Kills 15 In Northern Iraq

Posted: 02/03/2013 - A suicide car bomber joined by other suicide attackers on foot assaulted a provincial police headquarters in a disputed northern Iraqi city on Sunday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 90 others, officials said.

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Embassy Bombing In Turkey Mars Clinton Farewell

Posted: 02/01/2013 - John Kerry sworn in, first trip likely to include stops in Egypt and Israel. Clinton cites Turkey attack as example of challenges in the world, after her resume includes visiting 112 countries and flew almost 1 million miles in four years.

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U.S. Embassy In Turkey Hit By Suicide Blast, 1 Dead

Posted: 02/01/2013 - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at an entrance to the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital on Friday, killing himself and one other person, officials said.

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14 Die In Blast at PEMEX Mexico Oil Company

Posted: 01/31/2013 - 14 people were killed and at least 100 are injured, interior minister says. The explosion collapsed two stories of an office building, a paramedic says. Rescuers have pulled a survivor from the rubble, Mexico's president says.

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South Korean Rocket Successfully Puts Satellite In Orbit

Posted: 01/31/2013 - South Korea said Wednesday that it had put a satellite in orbit for the first time, giving a lift to its homegrown space industry and matching a feat achieved last month by its hostile neighbor, North Korea.

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